Over the last few days, Olivia Wilde has been at the Savannah Film Festival, where she has been promoting Meadowland with director Reed Morano. The movie played on opening night -- watch the trailer here:
Yet amongst all the chatter discussing Morano's directorial debut and the actress' outstanding performance, the conversation soon switched to other topics, notably the recent discussion that the two ladies had had on Twitter about Captain Marvel. It went something like this:
To which, both replied:
A discussion ensued, in which the two ladies joked about going on the "Marvel diet immediately" and how the two of them could accomplish anything together, if they only set their minds to it.
And when asked about this conversation during an interview at the Savannah Film Festival, it soon became clear that, all jokes aside, Olivia Wilde is rather opinionated when it comes to the ways in which female superheroes are being crafted these days. With a huge respect for the company's cinematic universe, she explained:
“The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity."
When it comes to female superheroes, we can't deny that the line of creative exploration isn't as elaborate as in the male characters. And Olivia certainly makes a point to wonder what it would be like to have a female director take the reigns of one of its movies -- would it make a big difference to the ways in which women in the plot are portrayed? Perhaps.
"Marvel has been so smart"
Yet, that's not to say that Wilde also recognizes that over the last years, Marvel has been actively pushing for female characters edging in this direction. A fact which she appreciates.
Looking for more complex characters, we need only look to Black Widow's troubled history increasingly coming to life in movies such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and in the most recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Similarly, we've seen Zoe Saldana showcase tremendous female power as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.
In lieu of this, Wilde continues:
“Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey [Jr.] brought to Iron Man. A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance. I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws."
Yet is this enough? Wilde concludes:
"I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man. I think that would be really cool!”
Olivia will be pleased to hear that Marvel's surly superhero series Jessica Jones is only around the corner then! Here's the full Netflix trailer for the November 20th release.